Dez Bryant’s franchise tag dissolved under deadline. And now Jeremy Mincey gets a raise after a mini-holdout.
What in the name of Jerry Jones is going on here?
Once upon a time the Cowboys owner held firm with a future Hall-of-Fame running back named Emmitt Smith, refusing to re-work his contract and leading to him missing all of training camp and the first two games of the season. Lesson learned?
Because these days Orlando Scandrick skips the Cowboys’ OTAs and gets a new a contract. Brandon Carr refuses to take a pay cut and gets to play under his existing contract. Rolando McClain refuses to rehab at Valley Ranch and arrives in Oxnard in good standing.
Sure the Cowboys drew a line in the sand in refusing to – in their estimation – overpay NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray. But, otherwise, it’s been an offseason of the inmates winning a tug-of-war for control of the Asylum.
Jerry is 72 and for a couple camps and counting he’s uttered the philosophy of “I don’t have enough time to not have a good time.” I also believe he thinks this team – coming off a 12-4 season with a playoff win – is closer to the Super Bowl than any of his in the last decade.
Jones is merely finding a balance between being a fiscally responsible businessman and a players’ owner.
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The Cowboys have room under the salary cap this summer. And they also have minimal off-field distractions in Oxnard. You can criticize Jones for a lot of things, but in 2015 he’s putting the Cowboys in the best possible position to win. Even if that came at a cost of going soft on negotiations.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.